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Euro 2016: Kesh bar changes name to Lafferty to honour famous son Kyle

By Claire Williamson

A bar in the village Northern Ireland star Kyle Lafferty grew up in has changed its name to honour the player during the Euro 2016 championship.

The Mayfly Inn, the Kesh man's local in Fermanagh, has renamed itself Lafferty for the duration of the Euros.

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Posting a picture of its new exterior it said: "Really wish Kyle and the rest of the crew all the best in the Euro 2016. From everyone at his local the Mayfly Inn. Our legend."

It has even paid homage to the number 10 which Lafferty will don.

Head entertainer, Robert Anderson said: “Kyle and the Northern Ireland football team is on the tip of everyone’s tongue in the town.

“When he was at home he was always about the town and we thought, because he is the main striker for Northern Ireland we would like to do something to acknowledge him and show our support.

"His sister, Sonia, told Kyle about it and he has passed on his thanks to everyone for their support."

Lafferty is one of Northern Ireland's main dangermen after netting seven times in the qualifiers.

He marked his 50th international appearance by scoring the opener at Northern Ireland's Windsor Park send-off last Friday where they beat Belarus 3-0 in the final home match before France.

The Northern Ireland team jetted off on Monday to Austria for a training camp before their final warm-up game on Saturday in Slovakia before arriving in Lyon the next day.

Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 campaign begins on June 12 against Poland.

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